Not long past, the Economic Freedom Fighters alleged that the Guptas are influencing President Zuma on the R1 trillion nuclear deal.
The EFF claimed that the family acquired uranium mines, and persuaded Mr. President to push forward the nuke deal because they stand to benefit greatly from the deal through supplying uranium.
Then, the EFF stated that “Zuma has been advised that the country cannot afford this nuclear deal, but because the Guptas family stands to benefit‚ it is being forced through.”
Now, the DA has exposed that the first beneficiary of the nuclear deal is the son of President Zuma’s close friend.
“The first beneficiary of the proposed nuclear deal appears to be none other than Shantan Reddy, the son of President Zuma’s close friend and ally, Vivian Reddy.
…His company (was) awarded a R171 million contract for the ‘Nuclear New Build Programme Management System’,” DA disclosed.
According to the opposition party, the awarding of the contract to Reddy’s company is highly irregular.
This is so because “both the Minister of Energy and the Deputy President have been at pains to assure South Africans that no deal has been concluded. If there is, in fact, no nuclear deal yet, why the need to procure a R171 million system to manage it?” DA argued.
DA further disclosed that the contract with Reddy raised serious questions surrounding the tender process.
As such, the party will be submitting parliamentary questions to the Minister of Energy to ascertain:
- The reasons for the deviation from the Department’s standard procurement process.
- The basis on which Reddy’s company, an entity with no experience in the nuclear field, was awarded the contract.
- Whether the Minister had any involvement in or knowledge of the contract.
- Why a contract for the management of the new build program has been awarded if, by the Minster’s account, no deal has been concluded.
With the foregoing, DA asserted that “the primary motivation being Zuma’s pursuit of the ill-advised and unaffordable nuclear deal is to enrich his cronies and fund his patronage network.”
According to the party, the nuclear deal has potential for corruption the likes of which South Africa has never seen.
“…The only really beneficiary of the nuclear deal will be Zuma Inc at the expense of an already highly indebted and fragile South African economy,” added the opposition party.